BASEBALL: When to push the Bittle Button

Here’s the print gamer from Ole Miss’ 7-0 loss to Missouri in yesterday’s first round of the Coral Gables Regional.

Mike Bianco summed it up when he said the game was all about Aaron Crow. He dominated. Why he so handily dominated the Ole Miss lineup is a question that will have to be addressed in the off-season. It’s not something that will be addressed in a few hours here against Bethune-Cookman.

Bethune will be a tough game. Any team that lost to Western Kentucky, Arkansas State and Central Arkansas all in one season can certainly fall short today if it doesn’t crank up the bats.

Freshman left-hander Drew Pomeranz will start for Ole Miss. The interesting question becomes when to push the Bittle Button. If you get a lead against Bethune do you try to skate by Jake Morgan, Brett Bukvich and others?

If you can do it, yes. Scott Bittle will be Ole Miss’ best chance to win in a loser’s bracket game on Sunday and get to Monday.

— PA


4 Responses to “BASEBALL: When to push the Bittle Button”

  1. cr Says:

    The problem with Biddle (and the only problem) is he is likely only available once – especially for anything more than 1 inning. Typical closers can be used on a more regular basis. This makes for a smaller Biddle button and a smaller margin for error. Worst case scenario: headed back to Oxford and Biddle never saw the mound.

  2. djrebel Says:

    Could happen. If Biddle were a regular closer he would be able to pitch more. As it is, if he goes one of those marathon stints he’s not likely to be as effective the second time through, at least not as long.

    Best case scenario is win without Biddle today and start him against Mizzou in game 3.

    I don’t think he’d start thought. I still think it would be Satterwhite.

    — PA

  3. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Your best car is of no use, if it just sits parked in the garage.

  4. kylebuddy Says:

    I think that they pitch Brett Buckvitch today, and pitch Bittle later, if they can live without him. Maybe, if Ole Miss got an early lead, then kept the bats up, then they could save Bittle until the next game.

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